Iran has convicted an Iranian-American academic for his alleged role in the post-election unrest in the country and sentenced him to more than 12 years in prison, the state news agency said Tuesday.This isn't a new strategy, given that the regime has previously detained and sentenced the Alaei brothers on similar charges, and they've now been held for more than a year.
Academic Kian Tajbakhsh was arrested July 9 during a violent crackdown by security forces on street protesters and Iranian opposition members rallying against the country's disputed presidential elections. The protesters claimed the June balloting was rigged in favor of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Washington has repeatedly demanded that Tehran free Tajbakhsh, who was the only American who was part of the mass trial of Iranian opposition members. Charges against him reportedly included espionage, contacting foreign elements and acting against national security of Iran.
In August, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appealed for the release of Tajbakhsh and he was specially named in a call by the British rock star Sting to free all political prisoners in Iran.
The Obama Administration has been unable to do anything more than make some weak statements in regards to securing the release of the Iranian-Americans held by Iran. The Iranian regime continues playing the Administration for fools.